Men’s Edit reinvents fashion statements; creates a mood with martial themes

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Bombay: Men’s fashion has certainly taken a back seat to Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) in recent years, but this year brings exclusive men’s editions from three labels, land made, Son of a noble snob and Khanijo right on the first day of this five-day fashion extravaganza.

land made by Sushant Abrol

Starting with relatable and wearable designs, land made Manufactured by designer Sushant Abrol sets the mood with a regimental flavor and longing for the return of a friend and loved one or even a soldier through the collection.

Countrymade by Sushant Abrol |

Echoing the battlefield of physical and emotional turmoil, land made introduced a range of vintage, military and cropped jackets along with simplified options of the M65 and HBT22 jackets. The work shirts looked relaxed and comfortable, while the undergarments were the perfect combination.

Country made by Sushant Abrol

Countrymade by Sushant Abrol |

The textiles chosen by the designer merged with military combat and also presented a new age of men’s clothing. Set on a natural line of heavy linen blends in a variety of hemp, cotton, twill, handloom, denim and silk, the embellishments were as rugged and masculine as the base fabrics, as eye-catching prints brought a grand visual story to the ramp.

Country made by Sushant Abrol

Countrymade by Sushant Abrol |

The melted camouflage treatment along with bleeding camo tones for checks and bruises projected the right rugged regimental accents. Hand-knitted and crocheted patches along with upcycled textiles and woodcuts showcased the nostalgic touch of inspiration.

Son of a noble snob by Mani Shankar Singh

The second show was brought over Son of a noble snob by Mani Shankar Singh. Based on the theme of ‘The War Within’, the collection of this deep and esoteric theme, the menswear line was an interesting study in silhouettes, colours, construction and style.

Son of a noble snob by Mani Shankar Singh

Son of a Noble Snob by Mani Shankar Singh |

Fabrics that fought a fashion battle for attention were limited to pure linen.

Son of a noble snob by Mani Shankar Singh

Son of a Noble Snob by Mani Shankar Singh |

The color story called for a strong earthy palette, with black being paramount, along with a variety of mono tones.

Son of a noble snob by Mani Shankar Singh

Son of a Noble Snob by Mani Shankar Singh |

With strong sportswear influences, the collection also interpreted Indian silhouettes with a global twist, yielding geometric shapes, asymmetric cuts and contemporary shapes that proved immensely wearable. The collection reflected the theme of war through the prints.

Khanijo by Gaurav Khanijo

The third showcase comes from the label’s designer Gaurav Khanijo Khanijo which was mainly about fabrics and sustainability. Using black and gray tones, the collection was themed ‘Birth of the Labyrinth’, inspired by the Greek mythical constructor Daedalus’ maze, which was considered a symbol of confusion and disorientation.

Khanijo by Gaurav Khanijo

Khanijo by Gaurav Khanijo |

Gaurav’s collection presented looks that were very style oriented and emerged from a surprising state of stale products. Creatively designed from fabrics that had accumulated as dead stock in the designer’s studio.

Khanijo by Gaurav Khanijo

Khanijo by Gaurav Khanijo |

These were fused with great skill and talent into patterns juxtaposed with materials, colors and textures, all aiming to start a global fashion conversation.

Khanijo by Gaurav Khanijo

Khanijo by Gaurav Khanijo |

Known for his ingenious achromatic color blocking, there was a distinct intelligent focus on texture blocking that was evident in the novel shapes. There were hints of illusion as the collection transitioned from casual wear to formal wear.

Khanijo by Gaurav Khanijo

Khanijo by Gaurav Khanijo |

Loose, comfortable silhouettes, inventive details for pants, sharply tailored jackets and eye-pleasing shirts and tunics brought unconventional looks to the history of fusion menswear.

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